Tips for Having Fun When Bio-Kayaking

by | Sep 14, 2020 | Bioluminescence, Kayaking

Bio-kayaking is becoming increasingly popular in Florida, especially during the peak summer months, when the bioluminescent organisms in the waters are more active. You can only see them when it’s completely dark and the water is warm.

When you go kayaking, the ripples in the water cause them to start glowing, allowing you to witness the beautiful gleam of blue and green under the water. It’s truly a sight to behold and makes your kayaking experience truly unique.

Here are some top tips for enjoying the experience to the fullest and making the most of it.

Live in the moment

Your first time experiencing this unique natural phenomenon is definitely ‘gram worthy, but pause before you reach for your phone or camera to capture the moment.

Take a deep breath and let your mind and body be present in the moment; enjoy it in real time. You want to be able to look back at your camera and feel the same feeling you did when you first saw the algae in action.

They won’t look the same in person

You may have come across photographs of bioluminescence online, but you should be prepared to witness a different version in person. This is mostly because the nature of bioluminescence changes throughout the year and depending on the conditions.

If you want to increase the possibility of witnessing the kind of organisms you have seen online, try to take a kayaking tour in the peak summer season.

A jellyfish floating in water

Keep an eye out for glowing comb jellies as well

Sometimes, when checking out the bioluminescent algae in the waters in Thousand Islands, you get to see comb jellies too! These glow in the dark too and look like jellyfish, but cannot harm you. They are extremely delicate and may break in your hands so it’s best not to touch them.

Make sure you dress appropriately

When preparing for the trip, make sure the outfit you pick out doesn’t expose your skin too much. You want to dress for water temperatures at night and keep yourself covered in case of mosquito bites. Wear warm clothes, such as long-sleeved shirts and pants and carry a change of clothes with you in a water-tight bag.


Adventure Kayak of Cocoa Beach offers all kinds of fun and exciting group kayak tours, including our ever famous night tours and other adventures. Witness the natural beauty and diversity in the ecosystem of the Thousand Islands in person.

The tours are fun for the whole family and don’t require any prior experience. Get in touch with us before you book online so we can check for availability and ensure a smooth tour.

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